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Classic Thailand East Coast (May - Oct) Itinerary
Day 1 Bangkok
Make the most of a day in bewitching Bangkok city, a place full of skyscrapers, temples, chaos and calm. Nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is a frenetic fusion of tradition and modern. Perhaps visit the towering Turquoise Buddha at Bangkok's Grand Palace or cruise around the city in a tuk-tuk.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1
Day 2 Sukhothai
Enjoy the tranquillity of Thailand's first capital, Sukhothai, set amid leafy forests, perfumed gardens and fertile rice paddies. A trip to the night market is a real eye-opener - the culinary smorgasbord ranges from fried rice to fried bugs.
ACCOM: Resort - 1
Day 3 Lampang
Step back in time and tour Sukhothai's fascinating temples by bicycle, stopping off at a local market and then sharing a picnic. Perhaps see the impressive murals of Wat Phra That Lampang Luang or enjoy some pampering at Sukhothai's herbal sauna and massage centre.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1
Day 4 Homestay
Stop by the Elephant Conservation Centre to watch the curious inhabitants frolicking at bath time. Visit Intrepid's long-time village friends and get a first-hand experience of Thai rural life. Be treated to a traditional khantohk dinner accompanied by live music and a dance performance.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1
Days 5-7 Chiang Mai
Rise early to offer alms to the monks before travelling to Chiang Mai, via relaxing thermal hot springs. Situated at the crossroads of one of South East Asia's most important trade routes, Thailand's northern capital is a legendary centre of ancient culture, adventure, relaxation and shopping. Bike between gold-gilded temples, enjoy a cooking class, take a river tour aboard a bamboo raft or hone haggling skills at the markets.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1
Days 8-9 Bangkok
Fast-paced and fascinating, Bangkok's chaotic streets are a traveller's delight. Head out to Wat Arun to visit the 'Temple of the Dawn' and see its ornate Khmer-style tower. Then climb aboard a southbound overnight train.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1
Days 10-11 Ko Pha-Ngan
Chilled out and picturesque, Ko Pha-Ngan is the perfect place for a tropical island getaway. Visit fishing villages, discover temples or swim under refreshing waterfalls.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2
Days 12-13 Ko Tao
Soak up the best of beach life on the white sandy shores of Ko Tao. Diving is the order of the day for many visitors to Ko Tao but snorkelling over the colourful reefs is equally as impressive. There's also plenty of time to simply relax on the beach under swaying coconut palms.
ACCOM: Bungalow - 2
Days 14-16 Ko Samui
Travel across to Ko Samui and enjoy long white beaches, ancient temples and cooling waterfalls - but this time with the addition of a lively nightlife. Take a day tour to Thailand's largest national marine park, home to the beautiful Emerald Lake, or choose to head out on a sea-kayak trip. If that seems like too much hard work, just kick back with a cocktail on one of Ko Samui's beaches.
ACCOM: Resort - 2